Hike Twin Peaks at Eklutna Lake

What: Hike Twin Peaks (5800ft) Distance: 6 miles (one way) , Elevation gain: 4000ft,

Difficulty: Strenuous, uphill all the way.

Rock scrambling skills are required and somewhat technical

When: Saturday, 31 May 2014 at 9:00 AM.

This is a tough trail due to the elevation gain. The switchbacks make it a little easier at first, but a good deal of the trail heads strait uphill. I do not recommended trying this unless you're fairly experienced and competent in doing so.

Topo Map for Twin Peaks

The trail starts alongside Eklutna Lake, and begins by winding its way up several switch-backs along a forested mountainside. Eventually, a bench is reached with a particularly good view of the lake. A short distance afterwards, the trail bends right and the peaks should come into view. The maintained trail ends when another bench is reached. There are 2 paths to choose at this point; take the left trail downhill to reach Twin Pass and the other trail goes right is towards Pepper Peak. To continue into the Twin Peaks valley, head into the gulch and work your way towards the two identical peaks. Most of the hike is sub-alpine tundra.Has a great view of Pioneer Peak, Bold Peak, Matanuska Peak, the Matsu valley, and Eklutna lake.


From Anchorage, head north on the Glen Highway for roughly 26 miles and take the Eklutna exit. Head right, then turn immediately right at the T. From here go about half a mile and turn onto a road marked on the left for Eklutna Lake. Follow this road for several miles until passing a ranger station. Drive past the first parking area to where the road ends at a second. From here, follow the lakeside trail until reaching a sign marking the start of the Twin Peaks trail.

-- Ski/ trekking poles
--Ice grippers or Kahtoola
-- Wind &/or rain shell and pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & lunch and trail snacks

DOGS are welcome but it is difficult to summit due to rock climbing

There is $5 parking fee at this location


Kyong at[masked]

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  • Kyong W

    Just Alaska summer weather!!! 4 of us hiked to the Twin Peak ridge and turned around. We hiked 10 miles, raining, sunny, snowing, and windy, had it all. It was nice to see many wild flowers. Thank you guys for joining.

    3 · May 31

    • Abi

      Thanks for planning Kyong! I had so much fun :) it was really beautiful.

      May 31

  • Bob

    Is this still going on with the rain?

    May 31

    • Bekah

      There's snow accumulating above 2000', too

      May 31

    • Kyong W


      May 31

  • Kyong W

    Nice and Sunny in Eagle River!!!

    May 30

  • Kneely T.

    Horrible weather is forecast, and so I won't try Twin Peak on Saturday. I am planning to hike and climb Twin Peak on Tuesday, June 3, with a friend. My phone number is[masked]-0851. If someone wants to join us, call me please.

    May 30

  • Louise

    Given the forecast, I think I'm going to wait for another day to join this hike. Hope you guys have fun!

    May 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from near (<3 miles) UAA's campus that would be willing to give me a ride? Bike, no car...

    May 28

  • Mike O.

    FYI, weather is looking cold and wet for Saturday. With snow levels possibly dropping to 2,000'.

    May 28

  • Mike O.

    Hi Kyong! Are you thinking of doing both peaks?

    May 26

    • Kyong W

      No, East one, it is higher.

      1 · May 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bah I gotta work; post pics!

    May 25

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